Author Archives: Mark Charney

Charney’s Codification: Prohibitive Perfectionism

This being that most wonderful time of the year, I was at the shopping mall searching for that perfect gift. A few weeks previously, my wife had informed me of her interest in a new leather handbag and gave me … Continue reading

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Female Foreign Nationals: A Good Time to Discuss?

I have long been irritated by emails from females from Russia, Southeast Asia, and Eastern Europe: women offering to travel to meet me and promising matrimony if I turn out to be a nice guy. If they had done their … Continue reading

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A Guiding Light for Baltimore

Anyone who has followed the news in Baltimore this year knows that we have been a city in turmoil. After the death of Freddie Gray, allegedly at the hands of several of our city’s police officers, Baltimore experienced terrible riots. … Continue reading

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Still Over the Moon for Caribou

I am not one to believe that a person grieves, gets over, and moves on. For me, the loss of a loved one sends shock waves through my system that can linger for a lifetime. Such are my feelings concerning … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Day Trippin’, Yeah!

At no time of year does it become more apparent that Americans are a people who enjoy their freedom of choice than on Thanksgiving Day. Aside from those vegans and vegetarians who will opt for Tofurky, most cooks will weigh … Continue reading

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Fiddler on the Tomb: MHS Picks a New Poe Toaster

When the Maryland Historical Society (MHS) announced they would be taking proposals to choose a new Poe Toaster and holding a competition in the manner of American Idol and America’s Got Talent, I was excited to see what my fellow … Continue reading

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O’Malley’s Green Energy Grid Could Soon Be Trumped

I am all for electing Maryland’s former Governor Martin O’Malley the 45th president of these United States, not because I align myself with his political party, but mostly because I believe in good old-fashioned nepotism, and I’m convinced that his … Continue reading

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Let’s Keep Our Skies Open to Drones

My friend and financial advisor, Ellis Wyatt III, who I am pleased to relate, has recovered nicely from the hate mongering he endured after the 2008 financial crisis, tells me he’s got a new issue on his radar. In the … Continue reading

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New Poe Toaster will be Show Star

As an acolyte of Edgar Allan Poe and someone without much to do in the evenings, I’ve spent the past nine years, on the anniversary of Poe’s birthday, January 19th, waiting outside of Westminster Hall, beside the author’s grave, for … Continue reading

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Capturing Fall Color

We’ve arrived at the peak of fall, and much like mold allergies and runny noses, the tumbling leaves and colors of the season are everywhere: the purple maple, the copper oak, the golden-bronze beech. With low gas prices, nature lovers … Continue reading

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